It was customary for the court to go on an annual "progress", travelling about the country, staying at royal residences. As Queen, Elizabeth often reduced her own costs by visiting the homes of her courtiers. Although it was considered an honour to entertain the royal household, the expense was often crippling. The expected royal style had to be maintained, and the members of the court and staff had to be housed and fed, resulting in the host frequently running up huge debts.
Woking in Surrey was one of the places visited on this progress, as was Nonsuch Palace, also in Surrey, of which nothing remains today. Nonsuch was one of Henry's grander building projects: a lavish palace built from scratch, unlike most of his other projects.
Leeds Castle in Kent still stands, and is a popular tourist destination. It is a particularly lovely castle, surrounded by a moat complete with white and black swans. Originally a manor house built in the 11th century, it has been a royal castle since the 12th century. Henry VIII redesigned and renovated the castle for Catherine of Aragon.